September 16, 2019
A Note from our Executive Director

School is back in swing so it must be that time of year again. It's time to award our Spencer Colton Gold Star Teacher grants. In 1983, our foundation was created to support classroom learning by providing mini-grants to teachers. Looking back through our 36 years of grant awards, it's interesting to see that while some things change (we just don't get many requests anymore for floppy disks!), many things do remain the same. Our teachers still have brilliant ideas and still need our extra financial support to make them happen. We have funded gardens, murals, pig dissections, guest speakers, and so much more. 

Our grant donors support innovative teaching that leads to improved student learning. Over the years, our grants have topped $1.3 million and what a very special honor to read the applications, visit the classrooms and know that our community's children are in such engaging classroom environments!  

Would you like to donate to this year's Teacher Grant program? It's not too late! Donate here: Teachers Donation

Teachers, fill out your grant application here: Spencer Colton Grant Application
In appreciation,
Jennifer Stewart, MPA
Executive Director
The Music Connection: Rental Week
After a summer spent testing, repairing and cleaning our musical instrument inventory, our Music Connection program now has bare shelves and 464 new musicians have instruments in their hands.  

Over the last few weeks, The Music Connection and our amazing staff have provided 464 instruments to NVUSD music students, totaling more than 900 (continuing and new) students with instruments this year! 71% of these students qualify for a reduced rental rate, or loaned instrument. With help from the NVUSD Elementary Music Team, our Rental Week is a huge undertaking, but one of the best weeks of our year. The NVUSD Education Center halls were filled with the sounds of young new musicians making the first sound on their instrument and it was truly a great thing to witness. 

You can support this program by attending the 9th annual Napa Valley BBQ and Beer Battle on October 20, 2019 at Vista Collina Resort. Proceeds from this event benefit our Music Connection program directly, allowing us to provide even more instruments, after school instruction, music festival days and summer music camps to NVUSD students. 
Business Partner Testimonial:
Mechanics Bank
"The mission of Mechanics Bank is to enrich our communities and cultivate lasting relationships. One of the relationships we value is with the Napa Valley Education Foundation. We are proud to support an organization that focuses on the critical investment in our educators and their students. We admire all the wonderful things NVEF does for our community."

- Tina Laviolette, Branch Manager
Napa Valley Education Foundation is proud to have Mechanics Bank as a valued Business Partner!
Business Partner Testimonial:
NOVA Group Inc.
Nova Group Inc. is a Construction Company specialized in Government contracting. Nova got our start in 1976, building steam lines at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Today we are a preferred U.S. Department of Defense contractor, building aircraft fueling, waterfront facilities, and electrical infrastructure around the world. Our Napa, CA facility is home to our main office and our fabrication facility which is a CAL/OSHA Star Site, setting the bar for safety.
We have been supporting NVUSD for many years in a variety of ways including school donations, career readiness, and hosting high school interns. We also work with Napa College in support of their welding program. Starting a partnership with NVEF in 2019 was a natural step for Nova Group in continued support of local education. We are committed to growing and hiring local talent for long term employment in the Napa Valley.

-Christopher Chell, Engineering & Fabrication Manager
Napa Valley Education Foundation is proud to have NOVA Group Inc. as a valued Business Partner!
BBQ & Beer Battle : October 20, 2019
Don’t miss out on this exciting event. Join us to see who will be named “crowd-favorite” champion of barbecue and beer for 2019! All inclusive tickets include live music, bbq, craft beers, wines, auction, a commemorative reusable Govino beer glass, and more. 

9th Annual BBQ & Beer Battle
October 20, 2019
3:00 – 6:00 PM
The Village at Vista Collina
850 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA
General Admission: $75

In partnership with The Village at Vista Collina and Judd’s Hill Winery, this barbecue throw down benefits the Foundation’s Music Connection program. Enjoy live music as some of the best Bay Area BBQ Chefs and Breweries compete for crowd favorite!
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

The Napa Valley Education Foundation supports teachers, students and the district to ensure all students are engaged and prepared for success in college, career and life. We enrich school programs, fund innovative educational techniques and encourage educational excellence through grants, programs, and partnerships.
Napa Valley Education Foundation
( 707) 253-3563